Cleaning with Kids

Cleaning a house when you've got young children at home can be challenging to keep things clean, neat, and orderly but it's not impossible. The secret is to make your kids part of the solution, rather than the problem. 

Children love to help out and often feel such pride in their accomplishments. 

When cleaning and picking up is part of the expectations you establish within the family, kids catch on quickly and accept that they are an important part of making the household run smoothly and neatly for example; 

* putting toys back where they belong
* collecting place mats after meals
* let them tidy the bed after a sleep 

Give clear instructions; "Clean up your room" is an overwhelming statement, but "Put away all the cars in their container" is a clear instruction. 

Children of around 5 or 6 love to role play, so why not give them an apron or some child size rubber gloves. 

Give older kids a time frame; Parents expect their children to do things the minute they are asked. That may be okay when they are under 5 but as they get older and are concentrating on something else, it’s better to give them a time frame, such as ‘before dinner’, ‘when your friends leave’. 

Don’t redo their work! This will send your children a message that their work wasn’t good enough. If you do that, your children will quickly be discouraged and as a result, they won’t bother to learn how to do the task properly and will rely on you to get it done. Try to be as supportive and encouraging as possible, even if the job isn’t done precisely to your expectations.

Be proud of your child's efforts and encourage them to make the task more fun!


5 Easy-to-Make Home Cleaning Products You Want To Know About


5 Easy-to-Make Home Cleaning Products You Want To Know About

Edinburgh is famous for high prices - so it's important to make smart decisions when spending money. Many home cleaning products can be quite pricey - but have you ever thought to make your own?

You can find loads of great ideas on Pinterest, but with everyone a little short on time these days, the team here at Big Dutch Cleaning Service in Edinburgh we have simplified the process by providing the easiest, quickest home made cleaning product recipes we know.

1. Homemade Degrease Spray
We swear by this in our own homes and those of our clients. Add 1 part Ammonia and 4 parts warm to hot water to a spray container. Perfect for quickly disinfecting / degreasing kitchen and bathroom areas!

2. Homemade Sink Un-blocker
Pour a cup of salt followed by a cup of baking soda down the offending plug. Add boiling water, and voila! Pretty much anything will be dissolved, including grease.

3. Homemade Stain Remover
Rubbing alcohol works wonders on stubborn permanent marker stains. Dip a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and then rub the area dry. This won’t work on the extreme stains, for which you may need a steam cleaner.

4. Homemade Brass/Silver Polish
Grab the Tomato Ketchup - wait, what? You did read that right! Got some silver or brass cookware lying around that’s looking a bit tarnished? Squeeze some ketchup onto a clean cloth and rub in the ketchup, rinse with lukewarm water and let dry.

5. Homemade Shoe Polish
Thinking about throwing away that banana peel? Think again! Banana peels serve as great shoe polish! Not only that, but banana peels can also naturally whiten your teeth! Blend a banana peel with some water, and create a paste, and use this as your teeth whitener/shoe polish. Who would've thought?

Do you have any good homemade cleaning product recipes? Why not send them over to us at and will include them in on of our next posts.